The Longing (OT: Het Verlangen), the new film by Joram Lürsen (Alles is Liefde) and Frank Ketelaar (Klem, Overspel), is to be remade in Belgium. The Belgian remake will be produced by Menuet. Producers Menuet and Topkapi Films share a long history of previous collaborations, starting with the Belgian remake of In Orange, followed by titles like Layla M., A noble Intention, The broken circle breakdown and Belgica.
When the very attractive Brigitte (Chantal Janzen) shows up at publisher Goudemondt with a horrible manuscript, the brothers Marc and Boudewijn (Alex Klaasen and Gijs Naber; directors of the ailing family-publisher) sense possibilities. With their eye on the media they make her switch roles with an unsightly and stuttering author of a literary masterpiece (Peter Bolhuis). The trick works; the book becomes both artistically and financially a huge success, but the initial agreement between all parties overturns into a bitter strife for acknowledgement.
Supporting roles are for Jelka van Houten, Bram van der Vlugt, Anne-Wil Blankers, Cynthia Abma and Jochum ten Haaf.
The world premiere of The Longing is on Monday March 13th in the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The film will be released in Dutch cinemas March 23rd.